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Telltale Heart

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Telltale Heart by Amy Crook

Telltale Heart by Amy Crook

This painting is awfully bright and whimsical to be a reference to Poe’s famous short story, but the name somehow fit anyway with the way the heart is just barely defined by a few telltale strokes of the brush.

I really like the non-rainbow progression of colors, and the rich textures trapped in the transition. I imagine this piece brightening up someone’s work space, providing inspiration and a grounding in kindness.

Telltale Heart, 8″x8″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Telltale Heart, detail, by Amy Crook

Telltale Heart, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a bit of the texture on the painting, a mix of granulation, brush strokes, and subtle color shifts. Below, you can see it in a frame, just waiting to go to its new home.

Telltale Heart, framed art by Amy Crook

Telltale Heart, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Whimsical and Strange
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Box of Hearts

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Box of Hearts, a Cthulhu Valentine by Amy Crook

Box of Hearts, a Cthulhu Valentine by Amy Crook

When Cthulhu gives you a big box of hearts, he really gives you… hearts. Ew. They may be small and squishy, but he finally found a way to show his love!

The card delightfully frames the image with the words:

“Cthulhu wanted to give you his* hearts
*not all hearts dedicated to Cthulhu before acquisition”

You can give your love a Valentine this year from my Etsy Shop. Assuming they’re the sort to be wooed by, well, this.

Box of Hearts, 5″x7″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper.

Cthulhu Valentine by Amy Crook on Etsy

Cthulhu Valentine by Amy Crook on Etsy

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Card Design, Floating Gallery, Tentacles, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Seahorse Heart

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Seahorse Heart watercolor by Amy Crook

Seahorse Heart watercolor by Amy Crook

There’s no tentacles, but these cute little seahorses will have to fulfill your quota of sea creatures for today. They’re sort of making an awkward heart, and sort of having an epic staring contest while they hang out on their bit of coral together. I think the green one’s gonna blink first, though.

Seahorse Heart, 6″x6″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Seahorse Heart, detail, by Amy Crook

Seahorse Heart, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see them up close and personal and get a better sense of their body colors, though the eyes really are a nice vivid yellow as seen in the temporary frame below.

Seahorse Heart, framed watercolor by Amy Crook

Seahorse Heart, framed watercolor by Amy Crook

Categories: Daily Art, Sea Creatures and Other Animals
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Seuss Heart

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Seuss Heart by Amy Crook

Seuss Heart by Amy Crook

Since I posted weebles yesterday, I thought I’d post something else today for variety.

This watercolor piece came together very organically, out of the rich pigments in my Japanese paints and my own random thought processes. I started out painting a very pink heart, and when that didn’t suit me at all, I added the deep red along one side, and then the half-circle of purple nestling up next to it. The wet pigments ran and mixed to create something much more interesting, textures that kept evolving until they’d dried completely.

A touch of the original fuchsia shows up in the left lobe of the heart, and so when I signed it, I chose a fuchsia fountain pen (also from Japan) to echo that.

The piece felt incomplete, however, so when I found this quote about love from Dr. Seuss, I wrote it into the curve of the half-circle with a violet fountain pen, knowing from experience that the ink would blur and run. Though it’s nearly impossible to read, I think the words add layer of visual meaning to the piece.

“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness
is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”

– Dr. Seuss

Seuss Heart, 5″x5″ pen and ink and watercolor on Arches cover white paper.

You can also get this piece printed on a handmade card on Etsy.

Seuss Heart, framed art by Amy Crook

Seuss Heart, framed, by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Daily Art, Things I'm a Fan Of
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Weeble Wednesday: Wolfman Hearts You

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Wolfman + Heart by Amy Crook

Wolfman + Heart by Amy Crook

This guy’s a little fuzzy on some things, but his heart is warm and furry and all for you! Werewolf, wolfman, lycanthrope, whatever you want to call him, he’s not on anyone’s team.

This Wolfman is the last of the new illustrations for my Monster Heart Coloring Book, aside from the bonus brides. He’s such a classic movie monster I had to include him.

Wolfman and Wolfman’s Heart, both 5″x7″ pen and ink and Copic markers on watercolor paper.

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Daily Art, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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Weeble Wednesday: Zombie Hearts Brains

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Zombie + Heart by Amy Crook

Zombie + Heart by Amy Crook

This charming fellow is another of the creepy cuties in my Monster Heart Coloring Book. His “heart” is a brain, which is a zombie’s real favorite thing, showing the real depth of his love that he’s willing to share. Of course, he’s got his heart in his hand as a spare, just in case brains aren’t your style.

Zombie 6 and Zombie’s Heart, both 5″x7″ pen and ink and Copic markers on watercolor paper. $129 for the pair in a double frame, with free shipping.

Categories: Daily Art, People, Figures and Faces, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Squid Hearts You

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Squid Hearts You by Amy Crook

Squid Hearts You by Amy Crook

It seems hard to believe, but Valentine’s Day is little more than a month away already. As a sort of sequel to my wintery Squittens, I made a cheerful squid valentine to show his (or maybe her) love in this year’s cards.

I had to redraw the heart a couple of times before I liked the look of it, but I’m pleased with the tangled-up joy evident in his little squiddy features.

Squid Hearts You, 5″x7″ pen and ink and Copic markers on watercolor paper.

You can get him on a card here at Etsy.

Categories: Daily Art, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Tentacles, Whimsical and Strange
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